Horse Racing

The connecting ‘Bullet

Observer writer

Friday, January 18, 2019

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VISITING North American-based Barbadian jockey, Simon Husbands rode Another Bullet to a fabulous victory in the St Catherine Cup feature event at Caymanas Park on Saturday to register his first win in Jamaica on his return to riding here two weeks ago. The last time Husbands rode in Jamaica was in 2010.

Due to Husbands' masterful handling, the seven-year-old bay horse won the event in a fast time of 1:04.3 for five and a half furlongs (1,100 metres), under top weight of 57.0 kgs. The final time was the fastest recorded for the distance for some time.

Another Bullet won by 1 lengths from Nuclear Flight who shot from barrier #6 at the off to lead but Husbands had his race well planned, and just waited behind, watching closely before hopping to the front in the last quarter to seal the victory.

Jockey Dane Nelson on Another Vigorous the 4/5 favourite, waited patiently for the pace to come back before making his move but that did not happen and although riding vigorously in the closing stages, the first two were never giving up and the four-year-old bay gelding had to settle for third money another length away as Another Bullet went on to register his first win for the new year as a seven-year-old.

The last time Another Bullet raced over the distance was on August 1 last year when finishing second to Mr Universe in a time of 1:06 carrying 56.0 kgs, ridden by Dick Cardenas. In his last race on December 29, 2018, Another Bullet finished one length second to Another Vigorous going 1,400 metres.

Husbands who perfected his riding skills at Caymanas Park after first coming to Jamaica in 1986 and then gained wide racing experience on the North American circuits in Canada and the United States said he realised that after Another Bullet got away sharply at the start, rivals would have to run off their legs to handle his mount.

“I knew by the time he broke that Another Bullet would be a tough horse to beat and after leaving the half mile, I saw the position that I was in, I then said to myself, you know what, they will have to come and catch me as this horse feels as though he will go all the way and he did. The next horse ( Nuclear Flight) fought on but I had a lot of horse under me. I felt very confident going into the race, as I was working this horse from the time I came here and I knew who I was sitting on. I was told that I had to manhandle him a bit and I did a little of that and it was not a problem in getting the job done,” Husbands pointed out.

With this first win under your girt and more likely to be under way is this an incentive to remain?

“You know very well that Jamaica is my second home and I have until April here, so I still have some time to decide. Let us see how well my stay progresses,” Husbands said.

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